How To Make Your Flooring Safe For Children And Elderly

February 6, 2017

A home should be a place of safety and comfort, however, most accidents happen inside the home. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 424,000 people worldwide die each year as a result of falls. In the US alone, it is estimated that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that happen at home.

The spaces with the most accident rates are the kitchen, due to the accumulation of fats and residues; the bathrooms because the surfaces are generally wet and slippery; and, finally, the exterior spaces, prone to rain, mud, and dirt.

Most of the accidents suffered by children under 5 are almost always in their home because it is the space where they spend more time. When an adult decides to be a parent, he must adapt the space in such a way that his children live more securely. Stairs, doors, windows and balconies must be sealed. No small objects at hand, let alone dangerous liquids at your fingertips.

The following is a list of tips that will help you to have a safer, risk-free home that is primarily intended for children and seniors.

  • It is essential to have floors that prevent slipping, especially in areas of greater risk, such as the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Remember that cleaning is a fundamental aspect to avoid inconveniences. However, floors with high slip resistance are ideal, as they are designed with textures and finishes that provide security despite the surrounding conditions. For this, look for brands that have created floors with technology that prevents slipping.
  • Place a rug at the entrance of the house because it will prevent dirt and dust from entering your house.
  • If you have children, try to constantly collect toys that may cause tripping, especially in the case of the elderly.
  • Cover the corners and pointed edges that create a risk for the children in the house.
  • Use plug protectors to prevent children from playing with the electrical outlet. Also, do not leave exposed wires.
  • It is never a bad idea to use guardrails, especially on stairs, windows, and terraces.
  • In the bathroom area remember to keep the toilet lid closed or use locks because there are cases of children drowning there.
  • There are rags¬†that prevent slipping, especially in the shower, but they usually harbor bacteria and, in the long run, are not a good idea. In this case, the most recommended are the floors that also come in natural designs, harmonize with space and are easy to install and maintain.
  • For the kitchen, there are also antibacterial floors that isolate microorganisms (like germs) and generate a more hygienic space.
  • Exteriors floorings have specially created designs, textures, colors, and finishes that go to the forefront, provide a more modern style, and are designed to provide well-being.

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